PHOENIX — Campfire and smoking restrictions on the Tonto National Forest will be lifted, effective at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, July 13, 2018.

The fire restrictions, which covered the entire forest, are no longer needed because fire danger has been reduced by increased humidity levels and rain. Campfires and smoking are now allowed throughout the forest. Target shooting is also prohibited in some areas of the Tonto National Forest, but is allowed again in dispersed areas where it can be conducted safely.

Highly trained dogs helping officers identify criminal activity at ports of entry

PHOENIX – To help reduce smuggling of drugs and people and in alignment with Governor Doug Ducey’s commitment to public safety, Arizona Department of Transportation officers at commercial ports of entry in eastern and western Arizona are using the agency’s first K-9 units.

Between December and May, the two K-9 units, based at the Interstate 10 Ehrenberg Port of Entry near California and the Interstate 40 Sanders Port of Entry near New Mexico, have helped officers seize in excess of 350 pounds of marijuana, 600 vials of hash oil and $90,000 in illicit bulk currency. They have inspected hundreds of vehicles and aided other law enforcement agencies on dozens of occasions.

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Representative T.J. Shope (R-8), along with Pinal County Supervisor Mike Goodman, met with Arizona Corporation Commissioner Andy Tobin regarding water outages and pressure issues experienced by customers of Johnson Utilities in Pinal County.

Commissioner Tobin updated Representative Shope and Supervisor Goodman on the multiple dockets opened investigating Johnson Utilities issues and expressed hope that the Corporation Commission will hold a special meeting to expunge Johnson Utilities’ Certificate of Convenience and Necessity for failing to meet a previous compliance deadline.

Mesa, Glendale locations will save time for law enforcement officers testifying in cases

PHOENIX – Grants from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety will allow many Phoenix-area law enforcement officers and others called to testify in cases before the Arizona Department of Transportation’s administrative law judges to do so by video conferencing from locations in Mesa and Glendale.

Two grants totaling $50,000 will be used to expand an ADOT Executive Hearing Office video conferencing system already used in Flagstaff, Kingman, Prescott, Sierra Vista, Show Low, Tucson and Yuma.

Permit Test @ Home helps reduce office wait time, adds safety message

PHOENIX – Teenagers hoping to get their learners permit are flocking to the Permit Test @ Home, a new online test option introduced by the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division earlier this year.

About 23,000 online tests have been taken since the test’s introduction in March through May.

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Representative David Cook (R-8) today announced his intention to introduce legislation next session to boost Pinal County’s economic development by addressing concerns with the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR).

Pinal County has an estimated 14 assured water supply permit applications that have been pending at ADWR for several years.

“Something has got to be done to help Pinal County stay on track,” said Representative Cook.   more...

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